Sports Affairs: Top 10 Sports News Of This Week

by Shatakshi Gupta
  • Carlos Alcaraz of Spain, a Grand Slam champion, won the Argentina Open tennis title with a brilliant performance. In the tournament’s title match, world number two and top seed Alcarez faced Britain’s Cameron Norrie. In this match, Alcarez dominated the entire match. Alcarez cruised to a straight-sets victory over the world No. 13. This is his first tournament victory.
  • At the ISSF World Cup 2023 in Cairo, India’s Rudranksh Balasaheb Patil won the Men’s 10m Air Rifle event. He won the gold medal match by defeating Germany’s Maximilian Ulbricht 16-8. Rudranksh Patil placed seventh in the qualification round with a score of 629.3 and advanced to the ranking round, where he finished first with a score of 262.0. Miran Marisic of Croatia, who finished first in qualification, took bronze. Divyansh Singh Panwar and Hriday Hazarika narrowly missed the cut for the ranking round, finishing 11th and 12th, respectively.
  • Vignesh NR, the younger brother of India’s 59th Grandmaster Visakh NR, has also been named Grandmaster. By defeating IM Ilja Schneider of Germany, chess player Vignesh became India’s 80th Grandmaster. In addition, he has won the 24th Nordwest Cup 2023. In the live ratings, Vignesh from Chennai has surpassed 2,500. The unique aspect is that Vignesh’s elder brother Visakh NR became India’s 59th Grandmaster in 2019. Visakh and Vignesh are thus the first Indian brothers to become Grandmasters.
  • For the fourth time in a row, Team India has won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India defeated Australia by six wickets on the third day of the Delhi Test to take a 2-0 series lead. This resulted in the decision to keep India’s occupation of BGT. Ravindra Jadeja was India’s hero in this victory. In Australia’s second innings, he took 7 wickets for 42 runs. This is Jadeja’s best Test performance. As a result, the Kangaroos’ score was reduced to 113 runs. Australia took a one-run lead in the first innings, so India needed 115 runs to win, which they did despite losing four wickets. Cheteshwar Pujara and captain Rohit Sharma scored 31-31 runs. 
  • Tillotama Sen, an Indian teenager, won bronze in the women’s 10m air rifle event at the ISSF World Cup 2023 in Cairo, Egypt. Tilottama Sen, 14, won India’s second bronze medal after finishing fifth overall in the top eight ranking round with a score of 262. She narrowly missed out on the gold medal match by 0.1 point. Seonaid McIntosh of the United Kingdom won gold, while Olympic champion Nina Christen of Switzerland took silver.
  • The Indian team was defeated once more in the Women’s T20 World Cup. India’s dream of becoming world champion was dashed with this defeat. In the semi-final match, the Indian team was defeated by 5-time champion Australia by 5 runs. India has lost in the T20 World Cup semi-finals for the fourth time. The team previously advanced to the finals. At the same time, the Australian team has reached the World Cup final for the seventh time. The team has won five championships. Australia scored 172 runs after winning the toss and batting at Cape Town’s Newlands ground. Beth Mooney led the way with 54 points, while captain Meg Lanning finished with 49 not out. Shikha Pandey took two wickets. Deepti Sharma and Radha Yadav got one wicket each.
  • Ben Stokes, England’s Test captain, recently made history against New Zealand. He surpassed England coach and former New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum to become the player with the most sixes in Test cricket history. Stokes set a world record by hitting two sixes in the second innings of England’s first Test against New Zealand at Mount Maunganui.

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  • Virat Kohli, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, set another international record during the second Test match against Australia in Delhi. Virat Kohli became the sixth international player to reach 25000 runs in international cricket when he completed his 12th run during the team’s second innings. At the same time, Kohli has become the second Indian player in this category after Sachin Tendulkar.
  • The IPL 2023 schedule has been officially announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The IPL 2023 schedule is based on a home-and-away format, with each team playing 7 home matches and 7 away matches during the league stage. The 16th edition of the Indian Premier League will feature 70 league matches spread across 12 venues over 52 days. The IPL 2023 schedule will begin on March 31, 2023, with the first match between Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, the world’s largest cricket stadium.
  • Sania Mirza, an Indian tennis star, has been named coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in the Women’s Premier League. On the second day of the tournament, March 5, RCB Women will face Delhi Capitals at the Brabourne Stadium. RCB confirmed this via their official Twitter account. “A pioneer in Indian sports for women, a youth icon who has played fearlessly and defied odds throughout her career, a champion on and off the field,” read the RCB’s Twitter handle. “We are delighted to welcome Sania Mirza as the RCB women’s cricket team’s mentor,” Added RCB.